Compedit is the home of Studies in American Humor, 
Old Series and New Series One

The essays on this site appeared in the somewhat too often irregular issues of Studies from 1974 to 1994. They will be posted as quickly as I can get them entered. As the essays are posted readers and libraries alike may download or copy them for such use as each sees fit. All I ask is that if you use the material in your classes or if you use it in your own research that you cite the source properly.

Studies is divided into two parts: the old series consists of three volumes of three issues each and was published sporadically from 1974 to 1981; the new series consists of seven volumes of varying numbers of issues for each volume and was published from 1982 to 1994.


—Jack Rosenbalm, Editor (Ret.)

Last updated on
11 February 2006


These essays follow almost precisely the original pagination found in the issues of Studies.  The few exceptions are inconsequential and are usually limited to one or two words at the most.  The page numbers are located at the bottom of each page.

m of these essays is a link to take you to the next section of the essay. The link marked "up" will take you to the table of contents for the specific issue you are browsing. Although the reviews are listed separately, I have included them in one section.  A click on the reviews line in the table of contents  will take you to all the reviews for that particular issue of Studies.

I have scanned these pages using my own scanner and my own computer.  This is, of course, the hell that must have been reserved for editors.   I had to re-edit and see all the errors I made in the first place.  I am embarrassed.  To make matters worse, if they can get worse, I am sure other errors have crept, slithered, or stampeded in between original copy and posting. If you find any other errors, please e-mail or fax me, and I will try to post the corrections quickly.

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